The Veg Plot

Rhubarb – off with its head

Rhubarb Flower

This rather magnificent monster shot up out of our rhubarb patch last week. It looks alien. And it’s here to take over our rhubarb.

Flowering stalks like this erupt from a rhubarb plant when it’s (a) thirsty, (b) hungry, (c) very large or (d) very old. Ours is probably all four. So we’ll (a) water it, (b) feed it manure, (c) split it in autumn so that (d) we have multiple new plants. But first we need to guillotine the bulbous bloom before it saps energy from the more desirable stalks. We’ll be needing them for another batch of our magnificent rhubarb wine

Rhubarb flower bud

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